30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly + taxi:  34​h
1
Bentota
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Galle
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
3
Kandy
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Polonnaruwa
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  39​h
End: Mexico City

3
nights
Bentota

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ahungalla Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Bentota Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Hikkaduwa (about 1h 15 min away). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kosgoda Turtle Care.

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Mexico City, Mexico to Bentota is an approximately 34-hour flight. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Mexico City to Bentota due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in August: highs in Bentota hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Kosgoda Turtle Care, Ahungalla Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

5
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get some historical perspective at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Unawatuna Devol Devalaya. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sea Turtle Farm. When in Galle, make a side trip to see Dolphin & Whale Watching in Mirissa, approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Sinharaja Forest Reserve, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Galle day trip planning site .

Drive from Bentota to Galle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara

5
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Commonwealth War Cemetery. Get outdoors at Elephant Freedom Project and Udawattekele Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple (in Nuwara Eliya) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, identify plant and animal life at Knuckles Forest Reserve, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kandy driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, Ramboda Waterfall, Elephant Freedom Project, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

4
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Get some cultural insight at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Ruwanwelisaya. Step out of the city life by going to Wilpattu National Park and Dhilip De Alwis. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery, don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba, and explore the ancient world of Moonstone or Sandakada pahana.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
Highlights from your plan
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

4
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Koneswaram Temple and Trincomalee War Cemetery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Marble Beach. Step out of Trincomalee to go to Nilaveli and see Pigeon Island National Park, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Nilaveli Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara, pause for some photo ops at Velgam Vehera, and enjoy the sand and surf at Arisimale Beach.

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You can drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Highlights from your plan
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

5
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Get a sense of the local culture at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Lankathilaka Image House. Popular historic sites such as Ancient City of Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Polonnaruwa: Habarana (Dambulla Cave Temple, Minneriya National Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gal Potha, pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, and get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa trip builder website .

Drive from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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